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Jane Bennet is the first born child of the Mr and Mrs Bennet. One would expect the eldest sister to be looked up to by the other sisters as she would be expected to be the one with the most experience of life

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Jane Bennet is the first born child of the Mr and Mrs Bennet. One would expect the eldest sister to be looked up to by the other sisters as she would be expected to be the one with the most experience of life and therefore offer good advice and words of wisdom to her younger sisters but this is not the case. Jane always has a lot of hope in individuals and society as a whole and can therefore be seen as very na�ve, as this is the reason why she is often let down. This characteristic of her is pointed out to her on many occasions by her younger sister, Elizabeth, for example when they were discussing the letter sent to Elizabeth by Mr Darcy, Elizabeth said to Jane "you will never be able to make both of them good for anything." ...read more.

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It is this prejudice of Elizabeth's that allows Jane Austen to create amusing misunderstandings in the novel. Lydia Bennet has been neglected by her father and has become her mother's daughter. She has turned out to be thoughtless, empty headed and vain. She was always receiving the attention of army officers and this has caused her to believe herself to be pretty. The fact is that the attention she received was not due to her beauty but due to her hyperactive behaviour and animal like spirit. Her elopement with George Wickham is typical of her character as she did think about the heart ache it would put her family through. ...read more.

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At first glance it seems that she is not as bad as the younger sisters but after further inspection it becomes apparent that she is just as vain about her imagined accomplishments of playing music as Lydia is of her fancied charms. The truth is that although she may be a more accomplished piano player than her other sisters the way she plays lacks emotion, this is why Elizabeth's less accomplished performance is more appreciated than Mary's. In a family of five sisters all of them have to compete with each other to gain attention, Jane has her beauty, Elizabeth has her mind and boyish behaviour, Mary has her piano playing and Lydia and Kitty both have their hyperactive and loud behaviour. 1 W H Smith GCSE literature guide on Pride and Prejudice ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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